Congressional House Minority Leader John Boehner appeared on Meet The Press today after the president had been a guest of host of David Gregory. What he had to say was a sign of hope for the patriots who descended on Washington D.C. on September 12th as well as for the multitudes who share the visions and dreams of those marchers. Here's what he said:
“There’s been no bipartisan conversation on Capitol Hill about health care. At some point when these big government plans fail—and they will, the Congress will not pass this—it’s really time for the president to hit the reset button, just stop all of this and let’s sit down and start over in a bipartisan way to build a plan that Americans will support.”When pressed by Gregory as to whether the Congressman thought this bill was dead, Boehner responded, "I think it is".
Before I begin my celebratory dance, I must speculate on the prescience of Boehner and his motivation for speaking such. It may well be an opening salvo in the public relations war that is certain to follow if the Democrats pass this legislative boondoggle with no Republican participation. On the other hand, Boehner may simply be revealing inside knowledge designed to allay the fears of his broader constituency; the entire opposition movement to socialized medicine.
For the president's part, he is sticking to his guns by refusing to either acknowledge the "mood" of the people or admitting that the plan is flawed. Instead, he whines about press coverage, of all things:
“I mean, let's face it,” said Obama, “If you look at the news cycle over the last--over the last week--you know, it—it--it hasn't been the--the sensible people who, you know, very deliberately talk about the important issues that we face as a country. That's not the folks who've gotten a lot of coverage.”Sir, who has gotten a lot of coverage? The Tea Party protesters? How comatose do you really believe the American people to be? For someone who should be in the Guiness Book of World Records for most speeches, addresses and media coverage of a U.S. president, such plaintive caterwauling is an outright embarassment, deserving no less than a serenade from the world's smallest violin.
Nevertheless, I am hopeful that Boehner's assessment is accurate and that the people who have spoken get their first major victory for liberty since they quashed the illegal immigrant amnesty bill last year. Can I get an AMEN? Sphere: Related Content